Your Guiding Beacon
When I originally learned about visioning, vision boards, and other visual imagery techniques, I admit that I was doubting all the power associated with such fluffy exercises.
"Believe it and you'll see it!" they said, but as much as I tried to see it and believe it, those winner lottery numbers never did appear on my ticket. Nor did that inheritance from that long-lost 90-year-old relative who I didn't know existed.
No matter how much I tried to imagine a better, easier and more financially lucrative life, I was presented with the same life. The life that was filled with long days, stressful meetings, a hurried dinner and lots of dirty diapers. Not much changed for me for a very long time.
Even when I started reading about the "law of attraction" and got immersed "The Secret", nothing different materialized. There were no unexpected checks appearing in my mailbox, no winning vacations - just more of the same.
Life was good. Did I manifest that?
It wasn't that life wasn't good. It WAS good but I was a working mom of four kids. I had a big mortgage to pay (actually two of them during our economic crisis of 2008) and the days were long and tiresome. And only to be repeated again the very same day but usually with more laundry and more unexpected surprises.
Like the time my daughter told me at 9:30 pm that she must have green tights for school the next time and nothing else would do. There were lots of tears that night - mostly mine.
I'm a reformed believer!
However, today, I'm a reformed believer in the power of vision.
The law of attraction basically says that physical objects and thoughts are the same - when you get down to the smallest element. Mind over matter, if you will. That the brain is an instrument that perceives thought and emotion and uses these elements to create what we experience as physical reality.
Yeah, I get that. But it doesn't work exactly that way for me. And for my clients, they often have the same experience that I did. As their coach, am I supposed to challenge them to simply "believe harder?" Nope.
However, I do believe having a vision is important - your vision of you in your future state. (Coaching can help you figure out what you need to do to get from your present state to your desired future state and achieve your vision.)
Having vision is SO important because your vision helps keep you on track to what you truly desire.
Your vision is a moment by moment reminder of where you most want to go in your life. So when distractions step into your path (as they most certainly will), remembering where you want to go, will help you say "no thanks" to that temptation to step off your path.
Whether your vision includes owning your own business, retiring on a beach, or even being a lighter, healthier version of yourself, seeing yourself in the future will help you stay committed to the daily actions you'll be taking to get there.
Your vision is a beacon, reminding you what's truly important and what you want to feel most in your life.
What's YOUR vision and how do you use it to stay on course?